chicken-hearted


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chicken-hearted

Cowardly or fearful. I'm not surprised that Tom didn't come to the rally—he's too chicken-hearted to defend his beliefs in public.
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chicken-hearted

cowardly. Yes, I'm a chicken-hearted softie. I never try anything too risky.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

chicken-hearted

mod. cowardly. He’s chicken-hearted, but I still love him.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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